Introduction

Canidae has been making pet food for over 25 years and offers a wide range of both wet and dry food. Their canned Chicken & Rice formula is suitable for dogs of all sizes and all ages, making it convenient if you’ve got more than one pup at home. 

Ingredients

Canidae emphasizes the use of “wholesome, high-quality ingredients” in their food, and much of their food comes from U.S.-based farmers, including their own farm in Kansas. They do also have some other product lines that use cage-free chicken. 

Protein

This food contains four main sources of protein: chicken meat, chicken broth, chicken liver, and dried egg. All are good sources of high-quality amino acids and are usually easy for dogs to digest. 

Chicken liver is also a good source of other nutrients such as iron, vitamin A, and vitamin B12. 

Fat

There are three different fats in Canidae Canned Chicken & Rice: salmon oil, sunflower oil, and canola oil. All of these are high in essential fatty acids, but salmon oil is particularly good for dogs, as their bodies find it easier to digest fish oils than plant oils. 

Carbohydrates

Canidae Canned Chicken & Rice contains brown rice and pearl barley. Both of these are good sources of energy for dogs, and also provide some fiber, too. Fiber sometimes gets dismissed as a “filler,” but it’s important for the health of your dog’s gut. It will also help your dog to feel full after their meal, which can stop over-eating and prevent obesity. 

Fruits and Vegetables

There are no traditional vegetables in Canidae Canned Chicken & Rice, but it has a comparable fiber content to other canned foods (1.5%), probably from the brown rice and barley. There is also some dried kelp (seaweed) and some dried cranberries, too. 

Other Ingredients

Most of the other ingredients are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients such as biotin or choline. However, there are also a few ingredients in here that you might not recognize:

  • Yucca schidigera is a plant extract added to improve the odor of dogs’ stool.  
  • Agar-agar is a natural gelling agent that’s added to give the food the right texture.
  • L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate might sound scary, but it’s just a source of vitamin C!
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride is Vitamin B6.
  • Rosemary extract is a natural preservative.

Health Benefits of Canidae Canned Chicken & Rice

Canidae canned chicken & rice has been made according to AAFCO nutritional guidelines and is suitable for all life stages, including puppies who will weigh more than 70lbs (32kgs) when they are fully grown. This means that it has been made to a high nutritional standard, and you can be confident that it will meet all your dog’s fundamental nutritional needs. 

Not only has this food been made to a good standard, but the company has involved a veterinary nutritionist in its design, though it is not clear if they are employed by the company or are a consultant. Creating a food is a complex process, and it’s good to have a specialist involved all the way through. 

Canidae also has their own manufacturing facilities in Texas, where they make most of their food. This means they can control exactly how the food is made, and assure that it is up to their standards. 

However, there are some disadvantages to feeding a food that is suitable for “all life stages.” Dogs do change quite a lot over their life, so it’s not surprising that puppies and seniors have slightly different nutritional needs. This food will provide everything that they require, but they may miss out on added extras that can be beneficial at different stages of life. For example, some senior diets have added antioxidants to help brain function in senior dogs.

Because “all life stages” diets have to have the high protein and energy content required for puppies to grow, they often have a high calorie count. This means portion control is essential for older dogs to avoid obesity. 

Pros and Cons of Canidae Canned Chicken & Rice

Pros

  • Formulated according to AAFCO nutritional guidelines, meaning you can trust that it’s a balanced diet. 
  • Many ingredients sourced from U.S. farms.
  • Company owns the manufacturing facilities, so they can control the quality.

Cons

  • Contains both chicken and egg, common protein allergies for dogs. This means it may not be suitable for dogs with food sensitivities. 
  • Not tailored to a specific life stage, so no extra support for young puppies or senior dogs. 
  • Reviews mention that some dogs (and owners!) do not like the texture.

Conclusion

Canidae Canned Chicken & Rice is a nutritionally balanced formula that can be fed to dogs of all ages and all sizes. However, dogs with particular nutritional needs (for example, puppies, seniors, or those with food allergies) may benefit from a more tailored diet.

Information as of 3/31/22